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The
Wisdom That
Leads to
Salvation

The
Wisdom That
Leads to
Salvation
by Seung Woo Byun

an affiliate of Great Faith Church

Commendation

M

ark 1:22, 27 “They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having

authority, and not as the scribes... They were all amazed,
so that they debated among themselves, saying, ‘What
is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands
even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.’”
The above words are the responses people showed
when Jesus first appeared on the stage of history and
taught the Word in Capernaum. When I listen to Pastor
Byun's sermons, the above Scripture comes to my mind.
Truly, Pastor Byun's sermons are not ordinary.
It was fall, 2007. I was on a road from Chun-An of
Chungcheongnam Province to Yang-Yang of Gangwon
Province, not a short-distance travel. During the trip, my
heart was excited for two reasons. For one, I will soon

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revisit East Sea which my family and I saw on our summer vacation few years ago. [While relaxing and eating
tasty food, we were captivated by the breathtaking view
of the East Sea with outstanding tourist attractions that
included the endless foaming sea, the Unification Observatory, and the famous Eight Scenic Beauties.] For
another, we will soon meet with Pastor Byun. He was
the invited speaker at Pastors' Fall College Conference,
which was a part of our denomination's pastoral retraining program, and he was scheduled to speak on the first
night. As fellow seminary students, we had had many
occasions of conversation with each other over a meal
and had lost touch since the graduation, and after 22
years, we would meet again at this time.
That night, Pastor Byun preached on the contents of
this book, and my feelings were, “Ah! Here stands a servant of God!” As a preacher for 22 years, with a master's
and doctoral degrees in biblical theology, I had varied
responses when I listened to sermons of other preachers, such as: “Wow, he's a good preacher,” “Oh, I didn't
know the passage had this meaning,” or “Ah, I've been
blessed today.” But I had never felt this way before. It
seemed as though he coarsely ripped apart the boundary
between heaven and earth and delivered what he had
seen and heard in heaven. He spoke of the ‘way of salvation’ with unusual lucidity, fervor, and power. In Philippians 1:8, Paul mentions ‘the heart of Jesus Christ’,

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and without a doubt, Pastor Byun seemed to possess it.
The sermon of that day is recorded in this book.
I realized the importance of the sermon on that day,
and recorded the summary of it inside the blank front
page of my Bible. I wanted to use it as a guide whenever
I preach on salvation. The content of it is this. Regarding faith that leads to salvation:
First, it is not only faith, but repentance and faith by
which we are saved.
Second, we must receive and have faith in Jesus not
only as our Savior, but as our Savior and King.
Third, it is not just forgiveness, but being free from
sin.
Fourth, once saved is not forever saved, and those
who have been saved can be rejected.
Those who have a little bit of a knowledge in church
history, or have studied biblical theology, or no, even
those who have done a little bit of ministry, will realize
that Pastor Byun's sermon is a shock itself. This message
does not even give a glance to the two great reformers,
Luther and Calvin. The Korean church, moreover, the
church at large, are much indebted to Luther and Cal-

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vin. Through their meritorious deeds(?), it could be said
that they have obtained an excessive and unwarranted
sphere of influence. Luther's ‘only by faith’ and Calvin's
doctrines on ‘predestination’ and ‘perseverance of the
saints’ have brought much blessings in the church; on
the other hand, it is also an undeniable fact that they
have brought in negative influences.
The Wisdom That Leads to Salvation by Pastor Byun
bypasses Calvin and Luther to trace upon the teachings
of Jesus Christ. Those who throw away the theological
lens that were established by Luther and Calvin, see the
Bible with God-given bare eyes, and seek the help of
the Holy Spirit with a heart that asks, “Is this really the
truth?” will discover that this sermon contains the pure
teachings from the mouth of Lord Himself. Not only
that, the message contained in this sermon will awaken
the modern church that has gradually lost the light, thus
regaining it and bringing that light to the nations. I pray
that the Korean Church will receive this message with
joy.
Geum Sung Kang

Chun-Ahn Shin-Bu-Dong (City of the Bride) Church

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